What Keeps Me Here: A Book of Stories

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HarperCollins Publishers, 1996 - Fiction - 136 pages
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In this collection of poems, Beown's prose moves from stark realism to the wavering surrealism of fairy tales or dreams as she tells of a woman who is transformed from being a creator of paintings to a creation of her paintings; the effect of a forgotten past on a pair of lovers; or the effort to repair the physical damage of a faded relationship.

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WHAT KEEPS ME HERE: A Book of Stories

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Brown has published novels and short fiction, but her special strength seems to be the short story, as this, her third collection (The Gifts of the Body, 1994, etc.), suggests. The ten haunting pieces ... Read full review

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User Review  - ama_bee - LibraryThing

just about the creepiest thing i've ever read. try "severing". Read full review

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Rebecca Brown is an American lesbian author whose work has contributed significantly to contemporary gay and lesbian literature. In addition to her writing, Brown is also well known for her teaching, activism and outreach efforts in the Puget Sound literary community. Brown was the first writer in residence at Richard Hugo House and has taught there frequently ever since. She is the co-founder of the Jack Straw Writers Program and now serves as the creative director of literature at Centrum in Port Townsend, heading the popular summer writers conference there. Her first novel, The Haunted House, was published in 1986. Brown's best-known work is "The Gifts of the Body," a novel about an AIDS caregiver published in 1994 and a winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Brown has also collaborated with painter Nancy Kiefer on a book ("Woman in Ill Fitting Wig"), as well as writing the libretto for a dance opera ("The Onion Twins"). Her prose has appeared in Norton anthologies, small and prestigious literary journals, newspapers, magazines, and zines all over the country, and has been translated into Japanese, German, Danish, Italian and Norwegian.

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